Bobby Rice, a Cape Cod native and long time Truro resident, arguably has salt water running through his veins after spending the majority of his life on local waters. As a young teenager laden down with rods, tackle, and an aluminum skiff his adventures began and his devotion to fishing has continued to grow. Now he has been commercially fishing for almost 20 years and has encountered many prosperous fishing ‘holes’ and tricks of the trade through his endless hours spent on the waters from the Billingsgate shoals to Race Point to Martha’s Vineyard.
Striped bass, bluefish, and tuna fishing are among his specialties while he also fishes for mackerel, codfish, and fluke. Bobby’s love for fishing runs deep and it shows. Stop in any local tackle shop and ask for a reference and you will see at a young age he is rapidly becoming a local legend. He authors a monthly column for On The Water magazine and is a member of the Pro Teams for Cortland Line, Fin-nor, Quantum, Mercury Marine and RonZ Baits.
Bobby has admitted on several occasions that giving someone the experience of being on the water and catching big fish is more fun than catching them himself. This is what prompted him to obtain his USCG Captain’s license to gain the capability to further share his knowledge of the area and love for fishing. He completed the USCG certified OUPV – Near Coastal course at New England Maritime in the fall of 2000.
For years, Bobby has manufactured his own jigs to achieve just the right weight, shape, and color to maximize striper strikes. He has also been building and repairing his own fishing rods.
On any given day, May through October, if you are out on the water in the Truro or Provincetown area, you will most likely see Captain Bobby in his center console fishing boat, which some have called a ‘floating tackle store’, because of his large inventory of rods/reels and tackle equipment. The key to the success of Reel Deal is that aside from chartering, Capt. Bobby is out there on the water doing “research” fishing anytime he has an open day trying out new gear and tackle and continuing to track the fish.
Captain Elena Rice
A Truro resident and descendant of long time Provincetown mariners, Captain Elena, has partnered with Bobby Rice to bring you the best fishing experience around. Starting out as Bobby’s commercial fishing protege, Elena has taken a more prominent role as the sales and marketing engine for Reel Deal, i.e. this is the friendly voice you will speak with when booking your trip. Although she still manages to grab a few minutes on the water when sanity begins to escape her.
A USCG certified captain, completing the OUPV – Near Coastal course at New England Maritime, Elena’s ambitions go beyond the waters as well having graduated with honors from Harvard University, she is currently employed as a software engineer for Onset Computer Corporation. Elena also serves as a member of the Pamet Harbor Commission appointed by the Truro Board of Selectman.
Captain JR Barnes
Reel Deal welcomes back Captain JR Barnes for 2012! Captain JR and Captain Bobby have spent many years fishing together on Cape Cod waters limiting out! A long-time Cape Cod resident born in western Massachusetts, JR has fished many locations throughout the Cape & Islands targeting a variety of species specializing in striped bass.
Decades of experience combined with his positive friendly personality make for a superb charter captain and we are extremely happy to have him back for another season. Operating our beloved 23′ SeaCraft Classic, the original Reel Deal, contact us today to book a fun-filled striped bass fishing trip for your next Cape Cod visit!
First Mate Fran Taylor
A long-time fishing side kick of Captain Bobby, you have most likely already met Fran Taylor over the past decade. If Bobby is Batman, Fran is Robin. (They probably will kill me when they read that, haha!)
Fran joins us on weekend charters throughout the summer whenever his schedule allows and brings many years of fishing experience plus a winning attitude of someone who is beyond content being out on the water. A Boston area executive manager for Hertz Car Rental Fran also provides a great knowledge of business management and marketing in the travel industry.